Texas QB David Ash cleared to work out

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas quarterback David Ash has been cleared to participate in offseason workouts with the team, the school announced Saturday.

Ash missed 10 games this season due to concussion-related symptoms. Texas head athletic trainer Kenny Boyd said Ash is expected to be available for full participation in spring practices.

The junior will seek a medical redshirt for his 2013 season after playing in just three games. Ash was ruled out for the season in November while he continued to recover for a concussion initially suffered in a loss to BYU on Sept. 7.

He played one half against Kansas State two weeks later but left the game and missed the rest of the season. Ash finished with 760 passing yards, seven touchdowns, two interceptions and a 60.9 completion percentage.

Getting him back on the practice field would be a critical step for new coach Charlie Strong and his coaching staff. Ash and freshman Tyrone Swoopes are the Longhorns' only scholarship quarterbacks available for spring practices.

While recovering from his concussion, Ash did not practice with the team. Texas began its offseason lifting and training this week led by new strength coach Pat Moorer.